35th FILIPINO PILGRIMAGE TO THE MARTYRS' SHRINE IN MIDLAND
2015 - The Year of Consecrated Life
Under a beautiful summer weather, members of the community of the Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission (AFCM), started pouring in the grassy area of the Martyrs' Shine Pope Altar before 8:00 am in the morning of August 1, 2015. The 35th Filipino Pilgrimage to the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland, Ontario participated by different Communities under the auspices the AFCM.
It started by procession to the Papal Altar with Living Rosary, Praise and Worship, Loved Flock Choir, Singing of National Anthems (Canada and Philippines), First Saturday Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Celebration of Mass at the outdoor Papal Altar officiated by our FCCCPC Spiritual Director, Head of the Filipino Chaplaincy in Toronto and the Pastor of "Our Lady of the Assumption Parish", Fr. Ben Ebcas Jr., Procession of Holy Monstrance by our FCCCPC Spiritual Advisers Deacon Bob Rosales and Deacon Alex Masongsong to the Shrines of San Lorenzo Ruiz & San Pedro Calungsod, Community Lunch / big family picnic for all the faithful Filipino pilgrims, Cultural Program and Games and Entertainment at the Papal Altar, and Chaplet of Divine Mercy
FCCCPC - The Loved Flock Catholic Charismatic Renewal Ministries led an inspired and energy-filled praise and worship together with FCCCPC - Joy of the Lord Prayer Group (Toronto) who organized the traffic within the area and sung at the final procession at the statues of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, the first Filipino saint and Saint Pedro Calungsod of Cebu. Our FCCCPC Head Servant, Bro. Don Quilao delivered an enlightening remarks on unity in spite of diversity among member of the community.
We as a family (Couples for Christ (CFC) , Elim Prayer Community, El Shaddai DWXI - Prayer Partners Fellowship International, Inc., Holy Family Prayer Group, Holy Redeemer Pilgrims' Choir, Joy of the Lord Prayer Group (Toronto and Hamilton), Light of Jesus Community - Canada, Living for Christ Prayer Community, the Loved Flock Catholic Charismatic Renewal Ministries (North York), the Loved Flock Catholic Charismatic Renewal Ministries (Toronto), the Lord Is My Shepherd Prayer Community and Queen of Peace Prayer group) participated the whole event.
Pilgrimage to Martyr's Shrine 2013
The 33rd Annual Filipino Pilgrimage to the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland, Ontario, under the auspices of Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission (AFCM) headed by Fr. Ben Ebcas Jr. This took place on Saturday, August 3, 2013. It was about 6,000 pilgrims who participated and our Filipino Canadian Catholic Charismatic Prayer Communities (FCCCPC) attended such remarkable event. The theme of the pilgrimage was "Believe! Faith works wonders!"
The pilgrimage was highlighted by the Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Ben Ebcas Jr, procession of the Blessed Sacrament, parade of banners of each participating organization, and carrying the statue of our Blessed Mother Mary and patron saints. It ended at the statues of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, the first Filipino saint and Saint Pedro Calungsod of Cebu.
"Filipino Pilgrimage at the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland, Ontario - 2009"
The gathering of the 29th Filipino Pilgrimage at the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland, Ontario on August 8, 2009 was a manifestation that God loves us. It was like the Miracle in the Multiplication of bread and Wedding at Cana where all partook the body of Christ. It was a dramatic turn of events where it was forecasted to rain but it turned out to be a beautiful day with a touch of magnificent blue sky and spiritual breeze of air. We praise the Lord Jesus Christ for answering our prayers for a good weather. We all know that Filipinos are closely knitted family, with a rich cultural heritage so let us glue the bond in our hearts and encourage one another to build stronger ties with our family of faith. Full of vigor and enthusiasm, Fr. Ben Ebcas, Director of Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission (AFCM) addressed the Filipino Community, to encourage everyone to spend time with one another and share their experiences and encounter with Jesus. He also advised the pilgrims to be witnesses for Jesus Christ and to pray to our Filipino Martyrs, St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Blessed Pedro Calungsod of Visayas for their intercession. The pilgrimage was highlighted by the Eucharistic celebration, procession, parade of banners of each participating organization, carrying the statue of our Blessed Mother Mary and patron saints. The Sacred Candle for this event was handed over to Bro. Don Quilao, Head Servant of the Filipino Canadian Catholic Charismatic Prayer Community (FCCCPC) to host the next pilgrimage next year August 2010. So brothers, sisters and friends, let us continue to serve our God, Country and Community..